AFTER weeks of cancellations, Settle’s senior teams enjoyed three matches in glorious weather with close finishes all round.

At Feniscowles the 1st XI were invited to bowl, limiting the hosts to 117 in 42 overs. Overseas Amateur Tremaine Dowrich and pro Ashen Silva took four wickets apiece, while Archie Phillipson returned 2-9 from seven tight overs.

Settle got off to a stuttering reply with half the side out for 49, but John Davidson held the line with 43 from 69 balls, supported by Eddy Read (13no) and skipper Will Davidson (11) down the order. A generous donation of 22 extras helped see Settle home with eight overs in hand.

The 2nd XI Had a double header at Marshfield, firstly leaving Padiham on the rocks at 86 all out, collapsing from a decent start at 52-2. The damage was done by two spinners, with Will Tyrer claiming 4-30 and Gus Ogden excelling with a career-best 6-29 and his second five-wicket haul this season.

After early mistimed shots in reply, Settle recovered from 11-3 thanks largely to Nick Cokell who ground out 33 from 100 balls on a turgid wicket with a slow outfield, with a two-wicket win as a reward.

Sunday’s match saw Feniscowles almost out of the game at 36-7 but they recovered to 104 all out. Harvey Green (3-13) and Harris Dinsdale (3-18) backed up John Tarbox’s early 2-15.

Settle fought long and hard towards their target but fell short by just nine runs. Skipper Elliot Marklew and Paul Dockerty made 13 each, with Cokell (12 from 38) again applying himself well. Tarbox (20) rallied the middle order but Settle had to make do with seven points.

There is plenty of activity this weekend as Settle firsts visit Craven rivals Barnoldswick and the seconds entertain the same club in their respective leagues. On Sunday the Development XI host Oswaldtwistle, but the main draw will be the rescheduled Hamer Cup final against Padiham requiring the firsts to travel once again to Farnworth. 

After a disrupted league summer, Settle will be keen to bring home some prestigious silverware in what will be their only season in the North West League.